Tilting at windmills

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Feb 26, 2008
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I am a little green, I suppose. I turn off lights when I leave the room, try to think of ways of eating up less power, and so on.

I like the idea of windmills, though only for small use; having a farm of them doesn't make a lot of sense because the losses are so great when you try to pump the electricity from the farm (generally remotely located) to where it's needed -- I learned about this from a Berkeley researcher, before you accuse me of being a neocon or anything. From what I can tell, wind power is better on an individual basis, like solar cells on a house.

But living here near the Colorado front range, where we get scary screamingly-fast chinooks, I don't think I want a windmill for my house. And I have video evidence of why.

Yikes. I mean, yikes.

Tip o' the windbreaker to Dan Durda.